I met DJ Sarah Lawrence in 2014 when I was in LA exploring my artistic brain. I filmed a spontaneous video in West Hollywood and interviewed her for a little video that I was doing with my friend Austin Spies:
So it turned out prior to becoming a DJ, Sarah was on Australia's Next Top Model. That's pretty cool! She never mentioned it when I met her, so I applaud her humbleness and ability to let her personality shine irrespective of looks. Previously, I described how my friend Sean's modeling picture with Angelina Jolie inspired a photo that I took in Silver Lake. So I started looking for more poses to copy. I decided Sarah would be a good person to pull inspiration from because she's a model like Sean. While looking for inspiration, I stumbled on a photo from her Model Mayhem page that I knew would work.
The biggest difference in this picture is the perspective. Whereas Sarah and her two male models are taken from more-or-less eye-level. I had my three friends stand up a platform and I took it from below. In addition, I put the Staples Center in the right, which forces a certain perspective. The Staples Center arches out, and from this perspective, it looks like a distortion of the lens. The background essentially forms a triangle to tell people to focus on the foreground. Let's put the two side by side as comparison:
The difference in clothing affects the picture greatly. The colorfulness of Sarah's picture distracts from the people at hand. I have no context for her photo. Maybe it was supposed to be for a clothing catalogue or something. I really didn't like the man's pink fedora hat XD That just looked awkward. I think showing my friend's Harry Styles hair works better. The other thing I changed was the hover hands on the left side. Here's a more zoomed in view:
The guy on the left has his hands hovering over Sarah's right arm, and I just find that awkward. It reminds me of awkward high school prom photos where the guy is too scared to touch the girl. That's why I made Mike place his hands on Nicole's arm. Seems more natural, and would be what people do in pictures (as adults).
Nicole doesn't have a purse like Sarah. I wonder what she would have looked like with a purse.
In the end, Sarah's photo gives a vibe of two guys vying for a girl's attention and she having nothing of it, whereas my photo has a girl with a brotherly figure on the left (her right) and more flirtatious figure the right. Mine shows more nuance.
So this is my second picture comparison on my site. I love analyzing and I love getting into specifics :) I'm biased to my own work, so I obviously analyzed my inspired picture with more praise. However, art is subjective, and I really thank Sarah for inspiring me to frame a certain way.
For those of you who want to see Sarah's site. Click here.